I’ve said it before: the Bush administration should hire Dana White because he’s fucking awesome at talking out both sides of his mouth. I don’t know anyone else who can say he’s never disrespected someone and then imply they’re cocksuckers in the same sentence. We’ve seen it with Randy, and we’ve seen it with Ken Shamrock:
“Now, I have never ever dissed Ken Shamrock,” White stated. “I actually always liked Ken and Ken and I always got along well. Where he’s coming up with this crazy (expletive) – he must be broke again.
“I’ve never said anything negative about Ken. So for Ken to come out of left field with psycho craziness and that I’ve lied to him and I’ve done this- I made Ken Shamrock a multi-millionaire again. I guarantee that didn’t happen over at the IFL.”
This is what I love about Dana White: he can take the fact that you worked for him and turn it around like he did you a favor. Did Ken Shamrock and Randy Couture make millions off their fights and appearances in the UFC? Fuck yeah. But how many freaking millions did the UFC make off of that shit?
The UFC isn’t *giving* these guys money. These guys work for the UFC. In exchange for that work, the UFC pays them money. There’s no fucking favors involved … if the UFC didn’t think they were going to make oodles of cash off these guys, they wouldn’t be paid like they were. And you better believe the UFC made money off them.
Simply put, the UFC should be respectful of the fighters they’re making money off of. And this is where there seems to be a huge goddamn disconnect between Dana White and half the fighters on his roster. It seems like every time a fighter hits the point where their name value is greater than the UFC’s, there’s problems. It makes me puke in my mouth to make the comparison, but it’s the whole Vince McMahon “I made you, you didn’t make me” attitude.
Randy Couture is getting an ass-raping in the court of public opinion because his numbers don’t add up. But as he initially said, it’s not really about the money, it’s about the respect. I don’t see why it’s so hard to look past what the UFC has done self-servingly to make more money off fighters, and ask “Does the UFC treat people well? Is Dana White a respectful individual?”